After announcing an intended move in fall 2015, Cornish Pasty Co.—known for its traditional English stuffed and baked pastry (think a Hot Pocket)—is at last making the transition into its new space at 10 E. Charleston Blvd. in the Arts District with a tentative late October opening.
“There are parts of Commercial Center that I’ll miss because it is such a unique place,” says co-owner John Bender. But he won’t miss the prostitution element. “I found it amusing, but customers didn’t always find it amusing.”
The new brick space is a whopping 7,400 square feet or so with high ceilings and room for two pool tables, darts and shuffleboard. There will also be large communal tables with views of the open kitchen and a long bar that seats 50; the entire restaurant holds 130 guests—a major upgrade from the original location.
After opening, the back of the restaurant will be transformed into a more open, well-lit patio space (there are two skylights and two large garage doors that open to the alley). Murals will adorn both the interior and exterior of this area. Bender also says the restaurant’s patio will be dog-friendly.
The new spot will have a similar look to the Commercial Center location, reflecting the same dark, cozy ambiance, with old mining photographs and wooden tables with nicer finishes from the previous space, Bender says. He purchased vintage lighting from neighboring retro furniture shops and new church pews to replace the old ones. There will be new high tops in the bar area, too.
The biggest change other than the extra room is the full bar, Bender says, as the original location served only beer and wine. There will be nearly twice as many beer taps than the old space—24, to be exact—with a bigger focus on ciders and four to five on draft at all times. “The way the [ Tavern Limited] licensing works in the Arts District, you have to have a theme or live entertainment,” Bender says, which is why they are highlighting the concept’s English qualities.
In its new location, Cornish Pasty will also keep later hours. “[We’re] extending hours to at least 2 a.m., probably later on weekends if the demand is there” Bender says. “There are not a lot of late-night food options. Finding a place with good food that still has alcohol at
2 a.m. is really hard.”
The biggest complaint Bender has heard is about parking, of course. But there are plenty of spaces available on both Main Street and Casino Center Boulevard. Seeing as we’ll be eating pasties and drinking beer, we could probably all benefit from a few extra steps.